evolve

verb
\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -ˈvȯlv, ē- also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
evolved; evolving

Essential Meaning of evolve

: to change or develop slowly often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state : to develop by a process of evolution Some believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs. = Some believe that dinosaurs evolved into birds. Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.

Full Definition of evolve

transitive verb

1 : emit
2a : derive, educe
b : to produce by natural evolutionary processes
c : develop, work out evolve social, political, and literary philosophies— L. W. Doob

intransitive verb

: to undergo evolutionary change

Other Words from evolve

evolvable \ i-​ˈväl-​və-​bəl How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯl-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈvä-​və-​ or  -​ˈvȯ-​və-​ \ adjective
evolvement \ i-​ˈvälv-​mənt How to pronounce evolve (audio) , -​ˈvȯlv-​ , ē-​ also  -​ˈväv-​ or  -​ˈvȯv-​ \ noun

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Examples of evolve in a Sentence

Her company has evolved from a hobby into a thriving business. Some flowers have evolved remarkable means of insect pollination.
Recent Examples on the Web In some cases, viruses evolve to become more virulent. Dr. Jess Dawson, ABC News, 13 Jan. 2022 Their terse formal exchanges slowly evolve into candid, painful confessionals as the two taciturn individuals begin to open up to each other. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2022 And in the longer term, consumer demand will evolve differently if people expect Covid to become an endemic public health and economic challenge. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 Schumer has said the tactic has become weaponized in the Senate, and the body must evolve to be more efficient. Aj Willingham, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 In Cedar Rapids, the newbo evolve event lost $2.3 million, according to city officials. al, 4 Jan. 2022 This could force Riley to evolve, as his teams at Oklahoma were known more for their explosiveness than brute force. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2022 The human brain didn’t evolve to embrace this concept. Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2021 So how will Story Syndicate evolve and grow in 2022? Simon Thompson, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of evolve

1772, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for evolve

borrowed from Latin ēvolvere "to roll out or away, unwind, unroll, narrate (a series of events)," from ē-, variant of ex- ex- entry 1 before voiced consonants + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll, bring round" — more at wallow entry 1

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18 Jan 2022

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“Evolve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evolve. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for evolve

evolve

verb
\ i-ˈvälv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Kids Definition of evolve

: to change or develop gradually

evolve

verb
\ i-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv How to pronounce evolve (audio) \
evolved; evolving

Medical Definition of evolve

transitive verb

: to produce by natural evolutionary processes

intransitive verb

: to develop by or as if by evolution : undergo evolutionary change an evolving theory of mental functioning— S. A. Green

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